Category Archives: colour

Dark Paint in a Nursery: Would you do it?

Last year, when I found out we were expecting again I was excited to start planning a new nursery, naturally. Where to start!?  We already had the basics (crib, changer, etc.) and weren’t going to purchase any new major items but I wanted to change up the look from our first son’s nursery.  I decided to play with colour!

For a while now, I’ve been inspired by several dark-hued nurseries I’ve seen around the web.

Dark Painted Nurseries

Image credits (clockwise starting on left): Chezerbey, Elements of Style, Sarah Catherine Collective100 Layer Cakelet, House*Tweaking

Dark paint in a nursery is unconventional, yes. But at the same time, it creates a cozy cocoon-like atmosphere. What do you think? Would you do it?

DECORATING TIP: Contrary to popular belief, dark walls don’t necessarily make the space look smaller. When paired with neutral, light accents (like trim and crown) and pops of colour, the room can still have depth.



Colour Matching – Chip It!

Have you ever stood in your local hardware or paint store with a zillion paint chips in your hand and been completely overwhelmed with the options?  Ever wish you could simply replicate a colour palette you had seen in a magazine, but you could only source the colour of the walls?  I know I have.

So I was very excited when I discovered this really cool online tool called Chip It!  This tool allows you to take any image on the internet and colour match it with Sherwin Williams collection of 1,500+ paint colours. It’s as simple as dragging the Chip It! button onto your browser tool bar, then dropping it over an image you love.  Two seconds later you have the Sherwin Williams paint matches.  Sounds interesting, right?

So here’s a photo I love from Canadian House and Home:

Gorgeous spring colours, right?  But what are those colours?  Hmmm…

I drag the Chip It! button over the image and I get this:

Awesome!  Let’s do it again with one of my own photos (our bedroom):

Drumroll please….


So here’s the thing – it is an online tool and there are only 1,500 SW colour matches so you may not get the absolute perfect match. In our bedroom, the duvet cover is really a mustard yellow and not exactly the muddy tan “Tea Chest”.  BUT I still like what the tool suggests, the palette is pleasing, and now I’m thinking that I should bring in a bit of a natural tone/texture into the bedroom to give it more of an organic feel.  See how useful this simple tool is?!

Check it out for yourself HERE – have fun!

timeless design tips – bold colour

Did anyone else REALLY enjoy the 25th anniversary issue of Canadian House & Home?  There were a number of articles and features that I just loved!  One section that really hit a chord with me was a re-cap of six timeless decorating tips from past issues.  Reading through the tips, I couldn’t help but agree – they are timeless words of wisdom and are as relevant today as they were at time they were published.

I thought that over the next few weeks I would highlight each of these timeless tips for you.  So let’s get started!

“Bold colour is the perfect remedy for a small, dull area” (Kevin Fitzsimons, Fitzsimons Design+Build, Toronto, House & Home Nov. 1995)

Case in point – check out this ultra bold office nook design just featured on design*sponge:

Colbalt blue, hot pink, and red. Wow! Maybe a bit too bold for you?  How about painted dresser in a bright hue to cheer up a corner vignette? Or aquamarine tiles in an otherwise white-on-white kitchen?

Abigail Ahern is a master of bold colour set against moody dark walls:

A pop of colour in a small space goes a long way when it is unexpected, like these great pendants or this red ceiling:

And look what colour does to these two neutral space! Emerald curtains ooze style and a coral ottoman and bright floral make this sitting area so cheery.

So go on, add a bit of bold colour to your home.  ‘Tis the season to decorate, so if anything, try out some bold colour in your holiday decor.


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(images: 1-design manifest, 2-Pinterest, 3-House & Home, 4&5-abigail ahern, 6-design*sponge, 7-magnus anesund, 8-veranda, 9-house to home)

striped ceilings in your child’s room!

Hands up if you have white ceilings throughout your home. Hands up if you’ve never ever thought of painting them anything other than white.

I’m not judging – my hand is up too.

If there is one place in your home that you might go out on a limb and add some colour to the ceiling, why not try it your child’s room?!  After these pictures you just might be inspired to….

So fun and cheerful, no? And this is totally a DIY project, see instructions here.

(images: 1-pinterest, 2-ohdeeoh, 3- houzz, 4-elizabethsullivandesign)

lucy fenton in Adore Home magazine

While {virtually} flipping through the pages of the June/July issue of Adore Home magazine I came across a fantastic spread that really called out to me. An interesting mix of bohemian, antique, contemporary, ethnic, pieces are accentuated by bold splashes of colour in pillows, art, and accessories.  Designed by Lucy Fenton of the Australian based retail shop Fenton & Fenton, this is actually a model suite for an apartment complex in Melbourne, Australia.  I’m sold!

I truly love this eclectic design. However, the element that really caught my attention was how versatile these rooms are.  Yes, the yellow bar stools are very cool, the bold stripes, ikat, and florals of the accent pillows are to die for, and the modern art is brilliant, but I can totally picture this apartment swathed in neutrals. Swap out the bold colours and patterns for some tone-on-tone blacks, greys, whites, and beiges and you’d have a very different but still beautiful look.  The versatility can be attributed to the strong design bones of the furniture: a mix of neutral and classic pieces that will stand the test of time.

If you have a few more minutes to browse, I highly recommend the following reads:

  1. June/July issue of Adore Home magazine
  2. In depth article with Lucy Fenton over on The Design Files
  3. Browse the Fenton & Fenton website and online shop (if you love Anthropologie, you’ll love this store!)




(images: fenton & fenton)


[room of the week] royal blue

Royal blue normally isn’t my thing.  But when I saw this room, I thought ‘yesssss-I could handle that.’

The soft greys of the walls, gorgeous carpet, club chair, and accent pillows totally tame that eye-popping royal blue sofa.  This photograph also reminds me that I really do like an all-glass coffee table.

Speaking of coffee tables, I am so jealous that this blogger scored one of the round marble topped tables I have been coveting.

(image: style at home)

white & bright week- nurseries & kids rooms

If you already have white walls and white furniture, don’t stress over which colour to paint the walls in your child’s room or nursery -consider keeping the room fresh and bright with white.  Neutral doesn’t mean the room will be blah.  As a matter of fact, white is a fantastic backdrop for a rainbow of colour and loads of personality.

How stimulating!


(images: 1-pinterest , 2-elizabeth sullivan design, 3-milk magazine, 4-nickey kehoe, 5-covet garden issue 1)

white & bright week – bedroom

Since it’s the first full week of May and Mr.Weatherman is calling for sunshine for the next four days, I’ve decided to piggyback on the ‘white & bright’ theme from yesterday – all my posts this week will be dedicated to bright, fresh, airy, WHITE spaces.

How can you achieve a similar look?  Freshen things up for summer with a few fresh hits of white on white, white on grey, or white on natural wood.  Here are a few inexpensive items to consider:

Bedding – Parachute duvet cover & shams, ($99 Queen size) West Elm

Throw – OFELIA throw, ($24.99) IKEA

Frames – RIBBA, (starting at $4.99) IKEA

Rug – Island cream chevron rug, ($249 4×6) Crate & Barrel


(image: we heart it)

[etsy] decor ideas for nurseries and little kid’s rooms

Hey Moms. I know time is precious when you have one or more lil’ munchkins running around so I thought I’d save you some time and do a round-up of some super cute and affordable decor items for the kiddos.

Etsy is such an excellent source for access to fresh, creative, inspiring, handmade items and art. If you aren’t a regular already, I hope this post will inspire you to browse the online market-space and sign up for an account.

First I’ll start with all things girly:

1. Wall decal – Windy Tree Fabric Reusable Decal  ($87.00 USD) by trendypeasdecals

2. Print – Small Map of Canada ($20.00 USD) by englishmuffinshop

3. Pillow – Baby Pink and White Zebra Print ($35.00 USD) by MiCasaBella

4.  Print – You are so loved ($8.00 USD) by  jessgonacha

5.  Pom poms -  ($4.00 USD) by orangekisses …..(psst- you can totally make these yourself, just Google it!)


And for the little men in our lives:

1. Mobile – Nova Baby Mobile, in Spectrum ($68.00 USD), by thewonderlandstudio

2. Prints (set of 4) – Royal Safari Nursery Print Set – Unframed ($92.00 USD) by LeoLittleLion

3. Bunting – Vintage Little Golden Book Bunting ($30.00 USD), by collectingfeathers

4. Wall decal – Baby Zoo Lion King ($49.00 USD), by  LeoLittleLion

5. Print – Personalized ‘Big Deal’ 11.5 x 11.5 Size ($25.00 USD), by pennypeople


And for you parents who want to keep things strictly gender neutral, I’ll have a post next week just for you.

If you’d like some help decorating your nursery/child’s room or want more decor advice, feel free to contact me!



1. Nursery for a baby girl

2. [inspiration board] Green & brown nursery

3. [diy] Where did I come from map?